The topic of stealing and publishing other people’s photos is a very sensitive one among photographers. Has it ever happened to you? We all respond differently to such situations, but one photographer took it pretty far. Paul Eustice flew all the way from UK to South Africa to confront the woman who stole his photos and published them on her blog. What’s more, he even filmed their encounter to spread the word.
There are plenty of ways to take photos of snowflakes. Some are complicated, some are simple, and some are DIY to the max. Photographer Chrissy Kerkhof shared with us a very simple setting she used to take clear and crisp snowflake photos. It takes only one additional piece of gear to the lens and the camera.
I had a few hours to kill before work this morning. So I decided to head down to a public garden a few miles from my house. In the summer this place is full of colour, with roses growing everywhere, up trellises, along the walls, above your head. It’s an old Fort on the seafront, built to defend the city from French invasion.
At this time of year, it was dead. The only colour was the light grey of the footpaths, & the brown of the soil. I was sitting on the ground, trying to get some nice low angle shot of the sundial in the middle, when a couple of little old ladies walked along behind me. I didn’t hear much, but I did hear one of them say “Perhaps he sees something we can’t.”
You see, this week I’m giving some love back to the age old concept of “The best camera is the one you have with you”. By that token, the best reflector is the one you have with you! So what’s small, reflective, portable and weighs less than a feather (A large one)?
Ever done a shoot, and what you saw with your eye didn’t seem to translate to the camera? It happens a lot!
You see a majestic landscape, you take a photo on your camera, but when it pops up on the screen it just doesn’t capture the beauty. The same happens with fire when you use a flash. It weakens the effect. I could always try shooting without a flash, but then I wouldn’t be able to freeze the motion.
I recently shot a commercial shoot for a family run, traditional blacksmiths in Malham. On the day, the hammer seemed to hit the steel in a beautiful crescendo of glowing sparks, like an otherworldly firework display from the heavens. But yeah, you guessed it, once I got home and looked at the photos the drama and spectacle just weren’t there. Well, don’t worry if you have come across this annoying issue because today I am going to show you how to enhance your image by adding more glow to sparks. [Read more…]
Do you take selfies or they annoy you? We have recently reported about a study that shows people are ready to accept selfies as a tool. But another study shows an interesting twist when it comes to selfies. It seems many people are willing to take them, yet not so many want to look at selfies of others.
Sarah Diefenbach and Lara Christoforakos of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich conducted a research, and the results were published in Frontiers in Pshychology. The paper explores what the researches have named “The Selfie Paradox”, and it really is interesting how “nobody likes selfies”, yet they take them regularly.
What’s the camera you are looking forward to? Are you upgrading your gear this year? There were several exciting announcements of cameras we can expect in 2017. Zacuto ran a poll asking the users what is the most anticipated camera for them in 2017. They have published the list of top five most anticipated cameras, and one has won a very convincing victory.
It’s about time to give some fame to two cheap films in price but by no means in quality. It can be tempting to go for the expensive ones when buying rolls but let’s not forget about the bottom of the shelf.
The films you are going to read about have some serious advantages on top of their inexpensive price. If you are just starting it may be a good opportunity to practice without breaking the bank. However, if you already have some experience, you can always try these two guys and compare the results to the more famous films you are used shooting with. I’m sure they won’t have anything to be ashamed of!
Other than coming home with great photos, traveling enriches your soul and helps you learn more about yourself, the others, and the world. A young Swiss couple shares this point of view, and they have even quit their jobs so they can travel Asia for six months. And it wasn’t for nothing. Sylvain Botter and Jenny Gehrig visited nine Asian countries and returned home with thousands of photos. They used them to create an epic hyperlapse called “Share Your Dream”, to share their adventure and inspire others to travel.
Do you have a smartphone (or maybe more than just one) lying somewhere around the house? There is an interesting project on Kickstarter aimed at repurposing a smartphone and introducing your kids to photography. Pixlplay is a smartphone housing designed as a classic 35mm camera. It combines hardware and software, so you can connect it to your smartphone, access a Pixlplay photo app and let your kids bring out their inner photographer.